Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Yeah!

Well, at Caiden's one month check up we found out that she now weighs just over a whopping 8 pounds! =) That's more than a pound increase over her birth weight...and I thought I was just imagining that her cheeks were getting bigger! =)

We also went to church this Sunday for the first time. It was quite challenging. We had to slip out mid service because she was waking up (she does this very loudly with lots of grunts, snorts, stretches, and squeaks over a long period of time.) And instead of going to Sunday school, we had to scout out a place to feed her. When we were finished, everything was over and people had gone home. =( Oh well, we'll learn to coordinate better in the future. Oh, who am I kidding? When she's hungry, she's hungry, what can I say?!

Wednesday we'll go to youth group for the first time. I'm going to wear her in her sling though, so people can look, but not touch. =)

On the sleep front, she is still waking at 12:00, 3:00, and 5:00. At 5:00 she wakes up ready to be held and be up for the day. Most of the time I can get away with putting her in the swing and going back to sleep, but not today...but I'm not complaining. It could be worse.

That's all for now. =)

Friday, January 26, 2007

One Month!

I can hardly believe that Caiden is a month old tomorrow. Here are a few pics of her today.



Here is our first family photo in front of our Christmas tree. It came down about a week after we brought her home. (I couldn't bring myself to take it down before she arrived. I love our Christmas tree! ) When I look at this picture, I smile. I could hardly get down to sit on the ground, and I needed help standing up. We have come a long way! Praise God!



Today we went with Daddy to work. It was great to be out of the house and around people again, however now I am exhausted, and we have a big day at the McLaughlin's tomorrow. Caiden will meet her Great-Grandparents tomorrow at Grandma and Grandpa's, and see her cousins, Connor and Landon. I know this is short, but I wanted to atleast update a little. Time is flying so fast, and I know if I put it off, I will be disappointed later. So, that's all for now, folks!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

And other firsts...

In preparation for Jeff being out of town, I decided to try and journey out by myself for the first time and see how I would do flying solo. I also needed to find some shirts that would fit (that were not huge, like my maternity shirts) and so Caiden and I went on our first mother-daughter shopping excursion. I can hardly believe that THAT was our first outing because typically I do not enjoy shopping. I will say it was much more complicated with Miss Caiden, but she was an angel and slept the whole time we were out.

Today, keeping with the "firsts" theme, I went shopping with Kris and Heath and left Caiden with her "little" Aunts (which of course is relative, since none of them should be classified as "little" any more) and her Grandma. She was fine until the last 15 minutes in which she heartily informed them of her empty stomach.

I however felt very odd: quite distracted, feeling a little amiss in my parental duties and constantly wondering how she was doing. Before I was a mother myself, I used to inwardly scold the mothers who called their baby-sitters several times a night to check in. I used to vow that I would never do that to MY babysitters. And while I still agree in the principle, for the first time, I think I have a much better understanding of their behavior now. You feel like a part of you is missing when you're away. I still think it's unhealthy to be SO attached to your children that you can't part every now and again, to make the world revolve around their schedules (while still adjusting yours to accomodate them within reason) and to make your identity all about them. But, I think I understand a little more of the attachment that is God-given. The preciousness of knowing that a little person needs you and that no one can fill in exactly how you can. The desire to abandon the best of plans to care for and cuddle and love on your little one. And I must say, it's kinda nice.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Things that come in twos...

Well, today Caiden had her two week Doctor appointment, and we found out that she had gained two inches and 2 ounces since last week! =) Now she is 6 lbs and 12oz., 20 inches long. My baby is growing up! ;)

She also lost her umbilical cord yesterday, and took her first walk around the neighborhood. Today we visited my Dr. and hers, and had her first visit to Grandma's house. It was so much fun. First we got to see the Grandview gang when Mom dropped Kate and Bekah off for sewing lessons (ahh, adults again!) and then we came back to the house and Grandma and Great-Grandma watched her while I took a much needed nap. It was lovely!

We still haven't ironed out the day and night confusion, but I think I'm going to go to bed at 8:00 tonight. (Poor Jeff has to be awake until after youth group tonight, so atleast one of us should be rested.) Currently, even after my nap, I could stand to sleep 24 hours straight- that's how tired I am. Please pray for Jeff...he really needs his sleep and he hasn't been getting any, and now that he's back to work, that just makes it that much harder. Please pray for mercy over him so that he can sleep through Caiden's tendency to loudly protest evening sleep routines. =)

Well, that's all for now folks.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Life as a Mommy

I'm in love. I admit it. I may not be getting much sleep, but when Caiden smiles in her sleep, somehow I forget about it. I guess God designed it that way for a reason. One of my favorite things is to watch Jeff with her. He is smitten. I love walking into the room and finding him cuddling her or talking to her, beginning their father-daughter relationship. It's precious.
And Caiden is a funny girl. She is just eager in everything she does. She was eager to get here early, she is an eager eater, she is in a hurry to do everything. Sometimes I wonder if we mis-named her...Emily (one of our first choices) means "eager"...hmmm. Oh well.
I'm still hurting quite a bit, although I'm not taking the Rx pain meds any more. I'm just trying to give myself permission to take things slowly and not push it. So, most days I just sit on the couch with her, or take naps with her, and I'm doing well if I get a shower in. =)Jeff has been able to take off to be home with us, and that has been a HUGE help and source of joy for me.
Well, the baby is beginning to stir, and knowing her, she'll want to eat pronto. =)